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May. 10, 2022

2,300-Year-Old Olive Oil Lamp Unearthed in the West Bank

The lamp was discovered by chance and in very good condition in an archeological excavation area at Mount Gerizim, near Nablus.

May. 10, 2022

How to Mix the Perfect EVOO Cocktails

Shaken with the cocktail's ingredients, spritzed or dropped in a final touch, extra virgin olive oil is gaining traction among mixologists and bartenders.

May. 9, 2022

Tourism Awards in Italy Promote Industry Innovators

The second edition of a national oleotouristic competition recognized the contribution of farmhouses, museums, producers and chefs to Italian olive oil culture.

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May. 4, 2022

New Law in Sicily Protects and Promotes the Mediterranean Diet

The purpose of the new law is to promote local food production, MedDiet education, wine and oleotourism, public health and environmental protection strategies.

Apr. 25, 2022

Olive Oil Production Continues at Historic Home of Emperor Hadrian

The annual production of centuries and millennia-old olive trees promotes Villa Adriana’s historical and cultural importance to Italy’s capital region.

Mar. 31, 2022

North Africans Ate Olives 100,000 Years Ago, Evidence Suggests

Archaeological evidence suggests that people living on Morocco’s Atlantic coast ate wild olives and used the tree's wood and pits as fuel.

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Dec. 17, 2021

New Efforts Underway to Restore Abandoned Olive Groves in Sardinia

Filiera Olivicola Sardegna is raising money to train and hire locals to restore abandoned olive groves in the northwest of the Mediterranean’s second-largest island.

Dec. 9, 2021

Centonze, a Forward-Looking Farm Rooted in Sicily's History

In western Sicily’s Belice Valley, Centonze produces award-winning extra virgin olive oil, celebrating the land and history, while focusing on sustainability and innovation.

Dec. 8, 2021

In Italy, a New Beer Made from Olive Leaves

Birra Olea is made from local olive leaves, which the brewer says lend a smokey flavor and antioxidants.

Dec. 6, 2021

Archaeologists Gather Online to Celebrate the History of The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet dates back thousands of years. Archaeologists want to make sure its history is always preserved.

Nov. 30, 2021

Egypt Expects Lower Production After Extreme Weather Damages Groves

In many parts of Egypt, yields are expected to be between 50 and 80-percent below the average. However, producers are optimistic about the future.

Nov. 22, 2021

Social Farming Initiatives in Italy Focus on Environment, Inclusion

Italy leads the way in social olive farming with projects in Tuscany and Molise that focus on quality, protecting biodiversity and social inclusion of marginalized groups.

Nov. 15, 2021

Restoring Abandoned Olive Trees at Leonardo da Vinci's Home

A startup focused on restoring abandoned olive groves has adopted three hectares of trees around the House of Leonardo, with plans to expand.

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May. 27, 2021

Olive Oil Tourism Returns to the Colosseum as Italy Reopens

The reopening of the Colosseum Archeological Park means that visitors can once again connect with Ancient Roman culture through olive oil production.

May. 20, 2021

Discovery of 9th Century Soap Factory in Israel Sheds Light on Ancient Trade

The olive oil soap-making facility was discovered in the southern city of Rahat, inside an affluent 9th-century house.

May. 14, 2021

As Restrictions Loosen in Italy, Farmhouses Anticipate Tourism Boom

With about one-third of olive oil sales in Italy going to the restaurant sector, the shift of tourists to the countryside is likely to impact consumption.

May. 10, 2021

Spanish Football Federation and Ministry of Agriculture Team up to Promote MedDiet

The ministry plans to use soccer’s domestic and global popularity to promote Spanish agri-food products.

Apr. 29, 2021

Spain’s 'Sea of Olives' Among the Candidates for UNESCO Recognition

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization will vote on whether to recognize the 1.5-million-hectare olive tree forest that stretches across Andalusia.

Apr. 8, 2021

New Efforts to Promote Rare White Olive Variety in Calabria

Archaeologists are working to preserve the cultural heritage of the Leucocarpa cultivar as producers are starting to grow and transform the ivory-white fruits.

Mar. 25, 2021

Kırkpınar Governor Calls on Former Champion to Quit Reality Show

After derogatory remarks were aimed at Ismail Balaban by another contestant on Survivor Turkey, the agha of Kırkpınar thinks the former champions should leave in protest.

Feb. 15, 2021

Olive Oil Permeates Greek Social Fabric in Time of Need

From charitable efforts to reversing desertification, olive trees and olive oil continue to play a fundamental role in Greek society.

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